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Road Springs

Post by trevwoody » 12 Aug 2004, 17:09

I've just been told that my 1995 Laguna needs new road springs. The price quoted was £400+. First off, what are they (part of the suspension) and is this a reasonable amount?
The car is worth £600 tops...
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Post by np » 12 Aug 2004, 19:13

Yes they are part of the suspension.On the front,you would have a strut,which your wheels & brakes are fitted to,Inside the strut is the shock absorber,then on the outside of that you have a coil spring.The shock absorbs the bumps etc,the spring helps smooth it all out.Basicly the same at the rear but no struts.Shock absorbers will wear out,springs usally break or sag.Very rare though.Unless the car has had a hard life,or a spring is broken,i would get a second opinion.NO disrespect,[:)]but if you didn`t know any of that,maybe the garage are trying to pull a fast one.
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Post by TheWorker » 15 Aug 2004, 18:20

np i think you have that the wrong way round, its the spring that absorbs bumps and the damper that smooths it out. if you get a worn damper you get a rather bouncy ride and if the springs are broken the car will probably sit lower.
sorry to correct you mate but that is a very common mistake.
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Post by trevwoody » 19 Aug 2004, 04:04

I've always been a careful driver [:)]
SO I will have it looked at by a non Renault garage.
Thanks for the advice
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